January's loss of 598,000 jobs hit factory workers and professional and business-services employees hardest.
Obama points to new jobless numbers in urging quick action.
New construction has stalled across the US, as the faltering economy chokes off a key source of funding.
Senate Democrats reached agreement with key Republicans Friday night on an economic stimulus measure at the heart of President Barack Obama's plan for combatting the worst recession in decades.
But winning credibility as an objective news source will be a hurdle, experts say.
Despite President Obama's offer to extend a hand if Iran 'unclenched its fist,' Iranian officials say his choice of diplomats calls into question his commitment to change.
US State Department officials said the US could offer to pay the Kyrgyz government more for the base.